Merry Christmas from the Chamonix Valley in the French Alps where we are anxiously awaiting the snowfall that could bring a glorious white Christmas!
At the ski stations in the northern French Alps there is very little snow below 2000m except on runs with snowmaking. Even then, we've had to be on the lookout for rocks, and the warm temperatures have made the lower slopes solid.
I've heard things are better in the south, but nothing too exciting.
At Chamonix, a dusting of snow on the morning of the 23rd December freshened up the slopes at Les Grands Montets, which has the best skiing in the valley.
Anyway, this should be all beside the point when the superstorm arrives tonight. The massive low pressure system covering half of Europe will bring snow everywhere - the only question will be how much, as locally there could be lots of variation.
The southern French Alps and northern Italy look like they may get up to one metre of snow in the next couple of days. Bring it on (my car has snow tyres and I'm fed up with skiing on stones and ice)!
Check out a picture of the valley from the 3,842m summit of the Aigulle Du Midi.